Indiana governor won’t see the big Statehouse teacher rally on Tuesday

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t expected to be around the Statehouse when thousands of teachers will be attending a rally there calling for better pay.

Holcomb’s office says he will be in Florida on Tuesday for a Republican Governors Association conference that was scheduled months ago.

His trip comes as teacher unions say more than 100 school districts around the state will be closed while their teachers head to the Indianapolis protest.

Holcomb hasn’t criticized school districts for closing the day of the union-organized rally, saying it was a local decision and that he applauds teachers for expressing their concerns.

The rally dubbed “Red for Ed Action Day” will happen on the day legislators are gathering for organization meetings ahead of their 2020 session.

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  1. Governor Holcomb may elect to be in Florida on Tuesday, however the Republican Governor’s Conference does not begin until Wednesday. If he felt Indiana Teachers concerns were a priority he could arrange his schedule to be present on Tuesday for the Rally, then fly to Florida Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning for the Conference that begins on Wednesday. He might find being present in Indiana on Tuesday is more important politically than being in Florida (even for the Conference).

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